Title: Crucifixion with Cardinal
Artist: Lucas Cranach the Elder
Medium: Oil on Panel
Copyright: Public Domain
Cardinal Albrecht of Brandenburg kneels on a pillow before the crucified Jesus. Lucas Cranach made this painting for the cardinal while he was a friend and follower of Martin Luther, the German church reformer. Luther was involved in a theological battle with the cardinal's catholic church. Albrecht of Brandenburg was also a long time employer of Cranach's contemporary Matthias Grünewald.